Wednesday, March 20, 2013

White-lined sphinx moth

Yesterday, I was walking in and out of the garage while working on my daffodil bulb project (another post). I happened to look over and see this beautiful sphinx moth on the inside of a garage window. Get the camera! As you can see, the moth didn't mind a photo session at all. Then I let it go onto the brick wall of our house. This morning, I checked, and it's gone.

Come to find out that this is a white-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata), the same species of caterpillar (photo below) which we found in our Meadow last October. A few days later, my young neighbor Peyton and his friends found the same caterpillar, and we took his to the Meadow, where it soon burrowed into the ground. 
So this could be one of our friends, Peyton! I love to watch sphinx moths nectar on flowers. They look just like hummingbirds.  

One of last October's caterpillars


Steph@RamblingWren said...

Very cool! I just saw one today feeding on my Lavender flowers and Vincas.

Curtis Freasier said...

I've been seeing these lately in Live Oak county. Thanks for the id Sheryl! Keep up the good work!

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

The caterpillars are cool, too! Have you seen one nectar, Curtis?

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